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Cannabis Plant Training for Beginners

For indoor growers, training your plants not only helps make more room available, it also helps increase your yields. When plants are properly trained, the light gets to every part of the plant more evenly as well. This simple guide will help even the most novice cannabis grower improve the grow’s efficiency and increase crop yields.

Low-Stress Training

Low-stress cannabis plant training (LST) is ideal for new growers or those that don’t have much time available. What you’re doing is bending the stems slightly and securing them to an anchor point. You’ll be able to have flatter plants to allow more light to get to more parts of the plant.

LST should be started when your plants are seedlings, because waiting longer than that may lead to plant breakage. Simply use plastic ties and lightly secure the stems to an anchor stake. You don’t necessarily have to use a twisty tie type of item; you can use anything you want as long as it won’t cut the stem.

If your plants don’t listen, you might need to make adjustments to keep your plants short and flat.


Supercropping is something you have to be really careful doing. If the conditions in y our grow aren’t just right or your plants aren’t perfectly healthy, supercropping could leave you with a disaster on your hands. You’ll only want to apply this technique when the stems are too “wood-like” which makes them hard to bend. The stem will need to be softened so that it can bend at an extreme angle without breaking.

Screen Restricted Training

Using a “Screen of Green” is a common plant training technique. It helps keep your plants at an equal, flat height. The screen forces them to spread out so that the light can hit more parts of the plant and penetrate it deeper. You’ll also notice more bud sites.

Keeping plants shorter often means that the heavier buds will be supported better.


If you need to top a “stretchy” plant, you’ll need to do it in the seedling stage of growth. Once your plant matures, topping it is likely to kill it. When you top a plant, you’re removing the top part of the main stem. You’ll get two main stems, which is ideal for producing more natural colas.


In the vegetative state, defoliation is good for your plant. Removing some of the bigger fan leaves helps your plant get more light and makes it less top-heavy. The first month of the flowering stage is a good time to defoliate to grow larger buds. Right before the flowering stretch, you can defoliate again. Newly developing buds will have better access to light and air circulation to prevent bud rot and mold.

Closing Thoughts

Plant training makes indoor grows easier to maintain. Most outdoor growers skip many training techniques because natural sunshine is given to the cannabis plants from multiple angles daily. There’s also more room outdoors for plants to grow. Grow lights are limited on actual power, so training your plants to grow flat, by using the “Screen of Green” and LST help produce the best yields possible.

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